Editor’s Note: Please welcome to the blog team Alyssa Wiseman! Alyssa will be our Disney shopping expert and will be covering all kinds of magical merchandise. You can find her columns appearing twice a month on Thursdays, on weeks opposite the WDW Radio Exchange. Welcome to the team, Alyssa!
by Alyssa Wiseman
My name is Alyssa Wiseman (most of you might also know me as ajwiseman09 in The Box and on Twitter), and I reside in central Indiana. I owe my love of Disney to my husband, Brandon, as the research, podcast listening, and constant traveling began when he proposed to me in 2008! We honeymooned in the World and since then, have been lucky to travel there about 3 times a year.
Our touring is quite easy for now, being just the two of us, we are able to get around the parks quickly (we don’t have to worry about strollers or potty breaks), but also focus on a slower approach to being in the parks. We usually begin our park days in a rush to get the headliners down, then we just walk around and take in the atmosphere (and eat!).
Through WDW Radio I have been fortunate enough to meet several amazing friends and this past fall was excited to physically meet and hug some of them. We were on the WDW Radio 2.0 cruise and had quite an amazing time. I am sad that we will not be cruising with everyone in November, but am really looking forward to traveling to California and Disneyland for the first time. We are taking the week before the D23 Expo to tour Disneyland, surrounding Disney-related locations, and then attend the Expo.
I am thrilled to be joining the WDW Radio blogging team and add some perspective into Disney merchandising and products, as the Disney Shopper. I am constantly shopping at Disney (and online) for any new merchandise that I might be able to add to my collection or even wardrobe.
I think my favorite product to buy at WDW would be the antenna toppers that they sell throughout property! I admit that I have an entire bag full of them and regularly change the current one to be related to the season or my mood! And don’t worry, I will be sure to include them in a future blog post.
My posts will focus on Disney merchandise sold in the parks, in Disney stores, and in other retail markets. I will provide reviews of products, if they are affordable, and to whom they are marketed. My posts will conclude with different rating scales following each description of the item.
Please let me know of any products that you would like reviewed to for me to discuss. I will do my best and research the information that is available and, if possible, locate the product in the store to physically be able to get a good idea of what it offers. I am also planning on doing reviews of new products I am able to find while traveling to WDW (and DL when there in August). And, like my first post, if there is a press release about merchandising, I will be doing Breaking News articles as well.